My Top 3 Slasher Horror Movies
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!! It’s finally here, and I wish it could last forever. Before we know it, the spooky decorations will all be packed away and everyone will be setting up for Thanksgiving. And then Hanukkah and Christmas will be just around the corner, and then it will be 2020 before we know it!
But for today, I want to hold onto Halloween for as long as I possibly can. If you haven’t been checking in this month, I’ve been going over my three favorite movies of each horror subgenre. So far, I’ve covered gore, monster, supernatural, and psychological.
And in true honor of this glorious holiday, I’ve saved the best for last…
Slasher films are a different breed of their own, and the subgenre is arguably the most famous. So without any further delay, here are my top 3 favorite slasher horror movies!
Slasher Movie #3:
When I first started thinking about my top three picks of each horror subgenre, Creep was not a movie that ever came to mind for any of them. I even skimmed over lists of slasher titles to refresh my memory and didn’t give this one any thought when I first came across it.
After finding it a second time and third time, though, I finally decided to at least consider it. So I started thinking about it, trying to remember what I could about the movie and my experience watching it (alone on my laptop whilst playing Sims 4, I’m pretty sure). My recollection was a bit hazy at first as I tried to re-separate the events of Creep, Creep 2, and various scenes of the League (damn, I miss that show).
But then, like an axe to the head, it hit me: Creep is definitely one of my favorite slasher movies, possibly of all time. I just hadn’t realized it.
The movie has a sort of subtle effectiveness. Any sense of actual fear it causes immediately seems laughable, given the nature of Mark Duplass’ character and behavior. You don’t feel like you’re watching a textbook horror movie, you’re never really horrified through the thick of it.
But that’s not because it’s not a good movie, it’s because you’re too damn uncomfortable to feel anything else. Creep isn’t a movie that will keep you up at night or make you scared to go to the kitchen for a glass of water at 3:00am. But it elicits a lot of ‘oh… oh god’s, and it will make you terrified of every stranger you meet and every ad you find on Craigslist.
Creep and Creep 2 both stack up beautifully against all the other well-known and well-loved found footage films. And after re-analyzing the movie and, more specifically, my own thoughts on it, Creep definitely makes my list.
Slasher Movie #2:
Despite the fact that this one was a no-brainer for me, I was super hesitant to put it on the list, for pretty obvious reasons. Unlike many of our favorite killer and slasher films that are either very loosely based on real events or are entirely fictional, Zodiac is as real as it gets. A real killer, real victims, real targets, real events.
I’ve always been interested in learning about serial killers. From the motive to the M.O., there’s a lot to learn from each famous killer about the human psyche. And, if you pay attention, there are often nuggets of wisdom for safety and precaution to take from the victims and circumstances of the killings.
And while it would be horrible to say that one might have a favorite serial killer, it would be dishonest to say that there wasn’t one that piques my interest more than the rest. I’ve always been fascinated by the Zodiac killer, and the mystery and confusion that shrouded the case.
But even if the Zodiac killer wasn’t real and if the Zodiac film remained unchanged but was entirely fictional, it would still be one of my favorite movies. While it’s categorized often as a thriller, it was bloody and intense enough to be a horror to me when I first saw it when I was younger, and it still holds that same weight when I watch it now.
The events that the film are based on are horrendous and tragic and should not be seen as anything else. But the film is incredible, from its star-studded cast to it’s fantastic storytelling. I’ve watched it at least a dozen times and it still remains as one of my favorites.
Slasher Movie #1:
I’m surprised that we made it this far without a Wes Craven flick. But finally, here we are. I obviously couldn’t top a favorite slashers list with anything other than Scream, right?
I’ve come to understand that Scream was released at a time when the popularity of the horror genre was declining- many films were released straight to video, and the ones that were released in cinemas were mostly sequels. Budgets were decreasing, critics were getting harsher, and audiences were getting too familiar with the ‘70s and ‘80s horror icons to be scared anymore.
But Scream embraced and often mocked the conventions of horror, acknowledging the clichés and leaning into them. Through it’s financial and critical success, it became a resurgence for the genre and one of the most legendary horror films of all time.
And while this all took place when I was barely three years old, I saw (and loved) Scream sometime a few years later and grew up with the franchise. I’ve lived almost my entire life in the post-Scream era, and while I have a deep love for a lot of the horror films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Scream changed the game in the ‘90s and has had a lasting impact on the genre overall.
But even if the film didn’t come with such an iconic status, I’d still love it. The cast is A1, the houses are #goals, and the script is so quotable. It truly is one of the best, and is at the tippy top of all of my lists.
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